Lane named Division II’s best in basketball

Thunder center also scores 15 points in all-star game
By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Rocklin High senior basketball star Brendan Lane was recently named California’s player of the year for Division II by The 6-foot-10 center was also named all state for any division or class, making him one of 10 players to earn that distinction. Lane, a four-year varsity player, helped the Thunder go 63-6 over the last two seasons. He led them to the DII state finals this year where Eisenhower defeated the Thunder. Lane, bound for UCLA, averaged about 22 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks per game as a senior while also leading Rocklin with 44 3-pointers. Lane was surprised that he beat out Eisenhower’s Andrew Bock for DII player of the year. Bock, a 6-2 guard, will play at Creighton next year. “The fact that I was the No. 1 player for Division II, and guys like Andrew Bock were there, and he won state, I was surprised they didn’t pick him,” Lane said. Joining Lane and Bock as first-team all state were seniors Brandon Smith (De La Salle, guard, headed to Cal), Mike Snaer (Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley, guard, Florida State), David Wear (Mater Dei of Santa Ana, forward, North Carolina), Renardo Sidney (Fairfax of Los Angeles, center, USC), Michael Williams (Taft of Woodland Hills, guard, San Francisco), Kawhi Leonard (M.L. King of Riverside, forward, San Diego State) and Dominique O’Connor (Westchester of Los Angeles, guard, undeclared) and junior Jeremy Tyler (San Diego, center, Louisville). Lane said he feels honored to be among this talented group of athletes. “There are so many players out there – and some are higher ranked and with a bigger reputation and it’s a big honor to be (among) the top 10 players in the state,” Lane said., which has selected all-state teams for the last 31 years, also selected players for the second team and third team (10 players each) and Sacramento’s Chase Tapley (senior guard) and Modesto Christian’s Reeves Nelson (senior forward) made the second team. Nelson will be a teammate of Lane’s at UCLA and Tapley was named the player of the year for DIII. Lane is the first Sacramento-area player to be named DII player of the year by Lane also played in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 11. This prestigious game is the second longest running all-star game in the country behind the McDonald’s all-star game. This game featured a few players that were also selected for the McDonald’s game. Lane collected 15 points, eight rebounds and one block shot as he helped his team earn a victory. Lane, a three-sport athlete, is currently participating in track and field and he tied his personal-best mark in the high jump (6-feet, 6-inches) earlier this season. “A lot of people would focus on basketball and play non-stop but I’ve made a commitment to the team (track and field),” said Lane, about deciding to compete in track and field again this season. Lane has maintained a 4.2 grade point average and was picked to play in the Academic All-American all-star game on May 8. Lane said he will attend the game but he is not going to play in it because of Rocklin High’s senior ball. Lane will begin summer school classes at UCLA on June 22. “When I go (to UCLA), you can only workout with the team (can’t practice yet) so I’ll pretty much do that and take a few classes,” Lane said. “I have put on a few pounds, I’m getting a lot stronger and trying to do whatever I can.” Lane said he has enjoyed the less hectic pace since he decided to commit to UCLA last summer. “It’s been a lot easier,” Lane said. “I’m just working on what I need to work at.”